One of the most exciting uses of modern technology is Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology is any device or software that help to compensate for a student's (or any user's) specific learning challenges. Many options exist today that help students and adults to make the most of their abilities. Assistive technology is not a cure for language based learning differences, but does provide alternative strategies for students and adults to compensate for areas of weakness and capitalize on their strongest talents.
The following assistive technologies are recommended for use by AIM's students.
- Provides cloud based file storage for Google created files (Docs, Slides, Sheets) as well as any other type of file.
- Calendar software that can be synced across devices. Can be used to schedule meetings and set reminders that can be delivered as emails or pop-up computer/phone notifications.
- Note taking software that syncs across devices. Good for taking detailed notes on a laptop or for taking quick notes on your phone while on the go - both of which will be accessible on any laptop or phone.
- Reminders can be set on either a Chrome browser or the Google Now app, and notifications will be sent to devices that are signed in with the same account.
- Using Gmail's built in organizational features can greatly increase the user's willingness and ability to engage with their email inbox. Keeping an uncluttered inbox is an important skill for the modern work environment.
- Online accessible library of books for people with visual print disabilities. Great for use in combination with text-to-speech software.
- Online library of audiobooks read by volunteers. Can be used on a computer or by using the mobile app.
- Text-to-speech software that can read many different types of files, and also adds a multitude of additional features, including integrated note taking.
- Write OutLoud offers voice-to-text functionality along with other features including predictive text, bibliographer, and text-to-speech. CoWriter is very similar to Write OutLoud, but can be used on top of any application, including other word processors and webpages.
- Extension for the Chrome browser which adds (among other features) text-to-speech functionality to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
- Extension for the Chrome browser which has the ability to take text from a webpage and reformat it in a way that may be easier for people with visual learning differences to read.
- Extension for the Chrome browser which can change the font of a webpage to one that may be easier for people with visual learning differences to read.
- Docs has an integrated voice-to-text functionality that can be accessed through the Tools menu.
- Corrects many type of grammatical errors and can also make spelling and vocabulary suggestions based on context.
- Story-based game that has players making decisions on behalf of a new colony. Story is told through comics, that can be read aloud if needed. The game is organized in episodes- the first episode involves fact vs opinion, supporting arguments, and future episodes deal with other ELA tasks.
- provides free audiobooks from the public domain. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net.
Teacher Resource - ReadWorks
- The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students.
- Matific takes a unique approach to teaching K to 6 math using hands-on and interactive mini-games, called episodes. These immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers are based on a modular and progressive spiral learning system.
- GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package.
- Algodoo is designed in a playful, cartoony manner, making it a perfect tool for creating interactive scenes. Explore physics, build amazing inventions, design cool games or experiment with Algodoo in your science classes.
- Collection of hundreds of math problems sortable by grade or subject.
- Khan Academy aims to provide a “free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” The cornerstone of this web-based tool is its collection of more than 5,500 videos and 100,000 practice problems covering K-12 math and select topics in science, history, business, art history and test preparation.
- Timer that, when used with the Pomodoro Technique, can help increase productivity, work quality, as well as free time.